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University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
915 Camino de Salud NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Phone
(505) 272-2321
Email address
unmsominfo@salud.unm.edu
School Information
"The UNM School of Medicine leads the nation in family medicine and rural health training. Our graduates account for nearly 40% of New Mexico’s practicing physicians. We are home to a nationally ranked research enterprise and Biomedical Science Graduate Programs with world-class scientific investigators and scholars who deliver life-saving results for humanity" (Source: https://hsc.unm.edu/medicine/).

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Diversity Council has a Learning and Resources subcommittee which will “focus on establishing a comprehensive inventory of trainings, programs, resources, and initiatives designed to enhance knowledge, skills, and competencies.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • According to the DEI’s Social Justice & Anti-Racism Action Plan, “movements such as White Coats for Black (and Indigenous) Lives, #ScholarStrike for Racial Justice, #StrikeForBlackLives, and #ShutDownSTEM have brought attention to the fact that western scholarship and teaching have often disempowered marginalized populations.” The statement further states, “It is these concerns that orient our work in the Division for Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Creating an environment that honors the cultural wealth of our students’ communities, centers them and their traditions, embraces diversity of thought and learning styles, encourages students’ pursuit of nontraditional topics of inquiry, and supports all theoretical perspectives, including those that utilize critical race, gender, and other decolonial approaches, is a way of enacting the culturally responsive pedagogy many students desire today.”
  • The Diversity Council has a subcommittee for Diversity Curriculum. The school has a “diversity requirement” and, furthermore, the school states that, “Co-chairs of the Diversity Curriculum committee coordinate approval of courses that may fulfill the diversity requirement by providing proposal workshops, advice on proposals, sharing the list of approved courses, and assessing that learning outcomes are being met by diversity courses. They are further involved with building a community of practice concerning delivery of diversity curriculum at UNM.”
  • The School of Medicine has a “U.S. & Global Diversity & Inclusion Curriculum Requirement,” which is a 3-credit course aimed to “promote a broad-scale understanding of the culture, history or current circumstance of diverse groups of people who have experienced historic and/or contemporary inequitable treatment in the U.S. or in a global context.”
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The School of Medicine has Liaisons in Equity and Advocacy for Diversity Council which aims to “increase and enhance faculty diversity, equity and inclusion at UNM, with a focus on tenure-system faculty.” The council’s 2021 goals are to “increase NCFDD Memberships,” “set College/School/Branch/HSC faculty hiring goals,” “finish relevant sections of UNM 2040 Strategic Plan,” and “establish [a] plan for restorative justice: promoting inclusive climate among faculty.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The University of New Mexico School of Medicine hosts a Diversity Council. Furthermore, “The charge of the Diversity Council is to review historical documents addressing diversity at UNM and study campus climate policies and best practices addressing diversity and excellence at institutions of higher education. Data from various sources will be evaluated in determining the needs at UNM as we move to establish a UNM model that embraces diversity and excellence. The work of the Diversity Council will culminate with a re-envisioned actionable Diversity Plan that will lead our institution for the next ten years. The committee will seek ways in which this plan may be successfully woven into the very fabric of daily operations at the University of Mexico.”
  • The School of Medicine’s Diversity Council has a subcommittee for Climate Survey, which will “lead the task of administering a university-wide campus climate survey in Fall 2022” in order to “understand student, faculty and staff experiences with, and perceptions concerning campus climate and diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
  • The Diversity Council has a subcommittee for Inclusive Climate, where “various climate concerns are being addressed and/or raised at UNM, including but not limited to the university seal, Adams mural, names of residence halls, presence of law enforcement on campus, concerns about bullying, discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation, perceived overall climate of racism and its effects on students, faculty and staff, specific concerns named by Native faculty (see 2019 Native Faculty Council requests to executive leaders), and other aspects of the built and virtual environment” in an effort to be “building an inclusive climate requires collaboration, gaining buy-in, and persistence.”
Last updated November 20th, 2022
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